Kia stumbled across Leo’s photo on her best friend’s MySpace page and just had to learn more about him. She made the first move and he turned out to be the man of her dreams. Their romantic Chicago wedding was a real stunner. Share their love!
When Two Become One
“When Leo proposed, I couldn’t believe it,” says Kia, 31. "At that time, we had been together for a long time. I was ecstatic. It was one of the best days of my life.” Leo and Kia were happily dating for five years before he popped the question.
“My hair was styled by my good friend Farrah Bledsoe,” says Kia who also enlisted the help of Stacy Mitchell when it came time for makeup. “Farrah owns Remedy Hair Salon in Orland Park, IL. She’s awesome. The day of my wedding, she was on time and ready for whatever I tossed at her. I had planned to wear my hair up, but once my makeup was done, Farrah said it would look best down. It was a good decision.”
"No matter how many events I've planned before, I knew I could not do it all by myself for my wedding," Kia admits. "When I met wedding planner Anika, of Anika Kai Events, it was love at first sight. I could see some of my personality in her. I know that God brought us together for a reason. I still keep in contact with her."
“It was great being a bride,” says Kia. “The day of your wedding you are never left alone. There is always someone there to comfort you and make sure everything runs smoothly. All the attention is on you. It was more than I dreamed of and it was like a fairytale.”
"When I saw my florist's work, I was excited," says Kia. "I knew I wanted a beautiful bouquet of orchids and that's exactly what she gave me. I loved the shape of them in the bouquet. It was so very romantic."
“I felt great that day,” Leo recalls. “There were good friends, good music and good vibes. The best part is sharing the day with everyone around you who all have played a significant role in your life.”
Kia walked down the aisle to "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders. "The lyrics to the song just reminded me of how much we love each other and will do anything for each other. I was so nervous because Rockefeller Chapel's aisle is so long. I couldn't keep my composure and I started to cry. My fathers cracked jokes and kept me calm."
“We didn’t write our own vows, because I don’t think I could have gotten through them,” says Kia. “I was so emotional. We went with traditional vows. I felt a sense of relief looking into his eyes at the altar. I felt like the man that was made for me was finally here. It was official.”
Leo and Kia's wedding officiate was a very special guest – her mom! “It was important to both of us to have someone who knew us perform our ceremony. She was amazing and everyone felt the love in the room.”
For her reception style, Kia wanted an old Hollywood glame vibe and she found it at the Hotel Sax Chicago. The damask wallpaper, red velvet curtains and oversized furniture made their photo shoot feel like something right out of a classic movie.
Kia looked and felt like a star on her wedding day. She worked her gorgeous gown for the cameras just like an A-list actress would on the red carpet or the big screen. Didn't she look fabulous, ladies?
"As guests started to walk into the ballroom, a collective gasp could be heard," recalls Kia. "They were transported back into an Old Hollywood themed era with details like black satin chair covers, fancy table linens with florals, drapings and lights everywhere."
"We booked the hottest deejay in Chicago, DJ Vince Adams," Kia tells us. "He was amazing and made sure that the dance floor was packed all night. He was fun but also very professional. We loved every moment of the party."
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